Introduction to the Bay of Islands of Honduras

 

The Bay Islands of Honduras offer a very different world from that of mainland Honduras. The Islands history, which includes many disputes between the Spaniards and the British during colonial times, with the British actually controlling the islands most of time, has given the islands a unique heritage. There are several islands within the department, with three larger ones being the most popular with tourists: Utila, Roatan and Guanaja. English is so widely spoken in the Islands, that some people don't even speak Spanish, despite the fact that this is the official language of Honduras!

 

Of the three islands, the largest, and most developed for tourism is Roatan. Roatan is a long island, measuring almost 40 miles in length and with a total landmass of 49 Square miles. The island has a mountainous backbone and is totally surrounded by coral reefs, offering superb diving as well as excellent fishing.

 

Utila, the smallest of the Islands is also the flattest and closest to the mainland, and is famous world wide as one of the most inexpensive places in the world to get certified as a diver.

 

Guanaja, the tallest of the islands has become the most elite oriented, with many of the better hotels on the Islands located here. Guanaja is a unique island, as it does not have any roads, and the largest community, known as Bonaca is not even on the island itself, but on a small cay a short distance from Guanaja. Guanaja has a paved runway as an airport, and is forested with the unique Caribbean pine that distinguishes it very much from its sister islands.

 

The Bay Islands offer a unique experience, and the most interesting facet is that each of the three islands is so very different from the other two. Don't even think that if you've been to one you've seen it all, nothing could be further from the truth. Take your time to visit and discover each of these jewels that are reputed to be some of the last true paradise islands in the western Caribbean.

 

What to Expect in the Bay Islands of Honduras

 

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Visual Tour: Roatan Island

 

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